thyssenkrupp awarded contract for continuous mining system in Thailand. barracuda® bucket wheel excavator technology to improve efficiency and safety in Mae Moh coal mine. Start-up of new mining system planned for 2020.

News | 08.10.2018 | Mae Moh, Thailand
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barracuda goes to Thailand

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions will supply a large-scale continuous mining system to Italian-Thai Development PLC (ITD). ITD is a Thailand’s leading integrated construction firm with wide experiences and expertise in construction activities. The mining system, including two newly developed barracuda® bucket wheel excavators, will be used to remove overburden at the Mae Moh coal mine in Northern Thailand. It is due to go into operation in spring 2020.

Mae Moh mine is the largest open-pit lignite mine in Southeast Asia. It is located some 600 kilometers from Bangkok, in Lampang province in the north of Thailand. The new mining equipment, with capacities of up to 18,000 tons per hour, will be used to remove, convey and dump overburden. Two barracuda compact bucket wheel excavators with belt wagons and hopper cars will be supplied by thyssenkrupp, as well as two spreaders with tripper cars. Within the scope of the order thyssenkrupp will take care of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the continuous mining system.

barracuda bucket wheel excavator
Thanks to its continuous operation the barracuda reduces both operating costs and environmental emissions.

The bottom line: Torsten Gerlach, CEO of the Mining Technologies business unit: “The barracuda compact bucket wheel excavator is one of our recent innovations for the mining industry. We are pleased to see this new technology supporting ITD’s future open-pit operations, contributing to a more efficient and cost-saving environment. As with all our mining solutions, this builds customer value by increasing yields while minimizing impacts.”